Exhibit booking are up over 10 per cent from last for Summer NAMM 2015, which will be held July 9-11 at Nashville’s Music City Center. Organizors say this year’s show will be characterized by expanded professional development offerings, a surge of first-time exhibitors, and an amplified presence from pro audio brands.
“Our members who have attended Summer NAMM these past few years have told us how important it was to their growth and success,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “The industry is changing and opportunities are emerging quickly. We are dedicated to producing this efficient and affordable mid-year gathering to assist our community music store members and the exhibitors who support their growth.”
First-time Summer NAMM exhibitors such as Aluminati Guitar Company and Drumtee will join returning brands including Yamaha, Casio, St. Louis Music, Taylor Guitars, C.F. Martin & Co and many more. Nearly 25 companies are coming back to the show floor for the first time in several years. In total Summer NAMM bookings are up more than 10 per cent over the same time last year, and more than 16 per cent over 2013.
New in 2015, TEC Tracks offers a full slate of educational sessions focused on recording and live sound production in a dedicated area adjacent to the NAMM Idea Center. Dozens of music retailer-focused NAMM U offerings include Wednesday’s Retail Boot Camp, Breakfast Sessions each morning, and Idea Center sessions, delivering proven, peer-to-peer ideas for maximizing retail business opportunities throughout the show.
Nashville nightlife kicks off with evening entertainment and networking opportunities. ‘Insight’ returns with musical icons and industry leaders engaging in entertaining stories and music. Friday night, July 10, will include the fifth annual Top 100 Dealer Awards.